Dear Crabby, Why Do We Care When Someone Famous Dies?

Dear Crabby, I was looking through my Facebook memories and was shocked to see it’s been five years since Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds passed away. I still feel sad that they’re gone. Is that weird? It’s not like I knew them. What do you think?Thanks! Gwenie Tew Dear Gwenie Tew, Well, when you get to be my age, death becomes part of the daily narrative. I’m not being morbid, just stating a fact. Each morning I like to scan the obits in the newspaper to see if I recognize … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother Seeing the New Star Wars Movie?

Dear Crabby, Should I Bother Seeing the New Star Wars Movie? Sincerely, The Last Jedi Movie Sucked   Dear Last Jedi Movie Sucked, With that name, I would say "no, don't bother." But if you've seen the other eight movies in the trilogy-trilogy, then don't you have to? I've seen all the other movies, I think, I don't keep track. First I had to take the kids, now the grand kids, to see them and every other movie out there, or we'd rent them (remember that fad?). Now, we get … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think of the Space Force?

Dear Crabby, I love anything related to space, so I was excited to hear President Trump’s plans to get us back out there. What do you think of the proposed Space Force? Thanks, Starr Nuit Dear Starr Nuit, Well, I won’t lie. When I first heard the name I just assumed it was an announcement for a new movie franchise like Star Trek or Star Wars that my grandkids would try to dupe me into seeing. I was further confused when I saw the proposed logos since they looked like something you’d … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Deal with all the Remakes?

Dear Crabby, Last week I caught the Dirty Dancing remake on TV. What. A. Mess! Why does Hollywood keep trying to remake our favorite movies? Personally, I think they should just leave well enough alone. Thanks, Rhonda Repeat Dear Rhonda Repeat, I think I have the answer: because Hollywood is lazy. Haha. Well, that’s part of it. But mostly I think it’s because the studios are looking for a sure thing. They know they already have an audience, so they can tie-in marketing, … [Read more...]

Oakland University Chorale to join DSO for ‘A Night at the Academy Awards’

The Oakland University Chorale, under the direction of music professor Michael A. Mitchell, has been invited to join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for a series of shows this weekend as the DSO presents "A Night at the Academy Awards." Movie music aficionados will hear some of Hollywood's most enduring scores from Academy Award-winning films such as Avatar, Rocky, Star Wars, Titanic and more. These shows will take the audience back to relive the unforgettable music that made the movies … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is 2016 the Worst Year Ever?

Dear Crabby, This year has been crazy, but the last few days after losing George Michael and Carrie Fisher has really done it for me. Do you think 2016 could be the worst year ever? Thanks, Claude Lane-Sign Dear Mr. Lane-Sign, I think there are a lot of people out there who would share your sentiment. Someone told me that comedian Jim Gaffigan said ‘2016 was twice as long as any other year in human history.’ And there are times it certainly has felt that way. January seems so long … [Read more...]

Pirates of the Caribbean make the Best Mannequins

Downtown Rochester held its fourth annual Rochester Posed event on Thursday, October 6, 2016. During the event nineteen participating businesses turned their storefront windows into live mannequin displays. This year’s theme for Rochester Posed was Classic Movies. Attendees were dazzled by a variety of mannequin displays including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Grease, and Forrest Gump. “Rochester Posed is one of my favorite events said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Events Coordinator of the Rochester … [Read more...]

Paddle to the Symphony July 16

The 2016 Paddle to the Symphony For over 20 years, Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan, has been the home to Paddle to the Symphony. Once again, the event returns to the park and to Kent Lake for an evening of music and paddling. The Michigan Philharmonic performs a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Maple Beach. However, Paddle to the Symphony goers will meet on the other side of the lake on the shoreline of North Martindale Beach – hence the term paddle to the symphony. Started by … [Read more...]

A Billion and a Half Dollars, the Winners and the Losers

When hear people talking about it being $1.5 Billion, what are they talking about? The Powerball Jackpot - WINNER Worldwide Revue from the new Star Wars movie - WINNER The cost to fix the Flint Water Crisis - LOSER All of the above The answer is all of the above. Each one of those items has a dollar amount of $1.5 Billion attached to it. A local non-profit takes bottled water to help get clean drinking water to the residents who are facing a devastating situation. Are you … [Read more...]

Star Wars: A New Movie, The Same Story

A New Movie, the Same Story Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened this past weekend (in case you haven’t heard) to what may be the biggest movie ever. I have gone on opening day to see every Star Wars movie, except the original one, to be one of the first fans to experience the joy and the connection these stories give us. Most fans love the original films (Episodes IV, V, and VI) and don’t care much for the second trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III). Like anything, we desire more of the … [Read more...]